Maine Lawmakers End Session with $96 million in Bonds 

As Maine lawmakers worked toward adjournment, five bond issues adding up to $95.7 million won final passage.The House and Senate late Wednesday gave two-thirds majority votes of approval to each of the proposed bonds, clearing the way to send them to voters in November.The largest, $51.5 million, is for highways, bridges, ports and other transportation projects. Lawmakers also approved a $20 million bond for research and development in technology intensive industrial sectors: an $11.3 million bond for public higher education and $7.9 million for wastewater purification and drinking water systems.The smallest bond issue, $5 million, is to ensure public access to forests, shores and other open spaces through easements and purchases.